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CES 2019: Eyes on the Smart Home Industry

  December 21st, 2018  By Meg Cannistra

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Smart home tech always makes a splash at CES and, if this year’s exhibitors and conference schedule are anything to go off, it’s only getting bigger. As home automation continues to become an integral part of our daily lives, it’s important to question whether or not safety can keep up with the tech.

As we cover CES, this will be a question our team hopes we can answer. It’s an issue the home automation industry needs to tackle before security threats get out of control. After all, it was just this year that an Amazon Echo recorded and distributed a private conversation. There have also been countless TV shows and commercials that utilize smart assistant “wake words” as a gimmick, but shed light on the fact that smart tech is still a new concept and therefore extremely vulnerable.

So far, it seems like brands are working to develop security-focused solutions for major concerns around identity theft and responsive security equipment. Some of the trends we see emerging are products, like Winston, that safeguard your smart devices from data hacks and a security system from Deep Sentinel that boasts “zero false alarms.” We’re excited to get up close and personal with many of these products while on the show floor and we’ll be investigating whether or not they live up to the hype.

No matter the outcome, we’ll keep you informed on all things home automation and home security every step of the way. Stay tuned for our in-depth CES coverage starting Jan. 6.

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